A number of speech-based programmes on national BBC radio stations will appear first online before they go out on air.
Shows on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 6 Music are part of the project, which was approved by the BBC Trust earlier this year.
Titles being made available during the launch period will include Radio 4’s daily drama Home Front; a new 10-part Radio 4 series Peter Snow Returns To The Future; Radio 2’s Comedy Showcases; 6 Music’s Paperback Writers; and Raising The Bar, a new three-part series about the legal world presented by Rob Rinder on Radio 5 live.
For selected series, listeners will be able to hear to a whole weeks’ worth in one go without waiting for all of them to air on the radio. Programmes can also be downloaded for 30 days to listen to offline in the BBC iPlayer radio app.
Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, says: “I’m delighted that we are developing new ways of listening that can bring our unique and brilliant speech content to an even wider audience. Live radio is still how the vast majority of us listen but innovations like this give audiences more choice, control and convenience in how they get the radio they love.”